Entries by Bruce Hudson

Firestone and Ford: The Sometimes Lethal Combination

From 1992-1998 there were 21 cases reported by State Farm Insurance to National Highway Safety Traffic Administration regarding automobile collisions involving tread separation on Firestone ATX tires.  Fourteen of those vehicles reported were Ford Explorers and wore Firestone ATX tires. By 1999, there were 30 more cases reported.  The toll quickly grew to 88 known […]

The July Effect: An Urban Myth?

U.S. doctors start their residencies (in hospital training) each July 1 in thousands of “teaching hospitals” nationwide. In 2012 the influx was noted as nearly 37,000 interns and other trainees. The result? An abundance of current teams of experienced residents leave “teaching hospitals” and are replaced by trainees fresh out of medical school. The notion […]

What is Cyberbullying?

Wikipedia defines Cyberbullying as “ the use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. According to U.S. Legal Definitions, “Cyber-bullying could be limited to posting rumors or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of […]

The Pinto- “Lee’s Car”

A faulty design in the Ford Pinto’s gasoline tank was the cause of over 500 deaths and hundreds of injuries for Pinto owners.  The defect made the gasoline tank vulnerable to explosion after rear-end collision. A California jury awarded an unprecedented $128 million dollars for a claim against Ford.  A Los Angeles woman died and […]

E Cigarette Hazards

Electronic Cigarettes or vapor cigarettes are devices made from metal tubes which contain a cartridge filled with nicotine laced liquid. The liquid is vaporized by a battery powered heating element.  E Cigarettes mimic cigarettes and come in a variety of flavors.  Manufacturers of e cigarettes falsely claim they are a less dangerous alternative to smoking […]

Cyber Bullying Stories: The Ryan Halligan Case (1989 – 2003)

The Cyberbullying Story:  The website operated by Ryan’s parents, John and Kelly Halligan, states that early concerns about Ryan’s speech, language and motor skills development led to him receiving special education services from preschool through the fourth grade. Ryan’s academic and physical struggles made him the regular target of a particular bully at school between […]

Keyless Ignition Starts Trouble

A lawsuit seeking an injunction requiring automakers to install automatic shut-off features on all existing and future vehicles sold with keyless ignitions was filed in Los Angeles on August 26, 2015 against ten of the world’s biggest automakers. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, GM, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and Ford are some of the automakers facing a class action lawsuit […]

The Essure System : Evaluating The Contraceptive Device

The Essure System was approved and marketed as a non-incisional approach to permanent birth control by the FDA on November 4, 2002.  The Essure procedure involves placing a small, flexible device called a micro-insert into each of your fallopian tubes.  The inserts are made from polyester fibers and metals (nickel-titanium and stainless steel).  Once the […]